At a place called Lannergat, in Poullan-sur-Mer (29), the hens have deserted for a few months the vast agricultural building of the former farm managed by Poulehouse. Placed in compulsory liquidation in January, the poultry production company nevertheless managed to save a good part of its 10,000 laying hens from the slaughterhouse, which had the particularity of being all culled. This rescue operation was carried out in the company of the Morbihan association Les Caquetteuses, based in Sérent. Its founders, Manon Dugas and Brice Lahy (originally from Douarnenez), have not counted the miles to allow thousands of individuals to adopt gallinaceae in recent months.
Farm and alternative camping
Today, they want to push this commitment a little further. Their ambition: to open a shelter for farm animals rescued from the slaughterhouse, on the former Poulehouse farm (approximately 25 ha of land). “We have already opened a shelter in Sérent, with around thirty animals. We have signed a partnership with the addiction center of Vannes, whose patients come to spend time with the animals”, explain Manon Dugas and Brice Lahy.
The idea would be to offer activities for families in the company of animals, always at the rhythm of the animal and never on its back.
“Here, we would like to welcome more: cows, donkeys, sheep, sheep, pigs. The idea would be to offer activities in their company for families, always at the rhythm of the animal and never on its back, and to create a lodge on the farm, with a handful of alternative habitats of the tiny- houses or yurts. If this is successful, we also plan to create a participatory orchard,” they continue.
Prevent it from becoming an industrial chicken coop again
If they ticked the place called Lannergat, in Poullan-sur-Mer, it is, on the one hand, for the symbolic value of this place in their eyes and, on the other hand, because they had wind of a project to take over the old farm by a player in the poultry market (Editor’s note: contacted, the company in question, which wishes to remain anonymous, claims not to have any particular project in Poullan-sur-Mer for the moment). “We want to avoid at all costs that it becomes an industrial chicken coop again,” say the creators of Les Caquetteuses.
Here, in the countryside and a stone’s throw from the sea, it can only work
Still, carrying out the operation will not be easy from a financial point of view, the owner of the premises having no intention of selling off his land. Manon Dugas and Brice Lahy have launched a crowdfunding campaign to give more weight to their approach with banks. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll target another place, because it’s a project that we absolutely want to see through,” they say. “But here, in the countryside and a stone’s throw from the sea, it can only work,” they smile.